GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Before we get to what team president Donnie Walsh said about the Knicks' future, we must first pass along this compelling tidbit of information that came to light Monday afternoon as New York was holding a news conference to introduce Raymond Felton, Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike and Ronny Turiaf.
In addition to the report out there today in the New York Post about what transpired at Carmelo Anthony's wedding reception (Chris Paul, with a microphone in his hand, reportedly raised his glass to toast a future Knicks Big Three of himself, Amare Stoudemire and Anthony), there was this piece of intelligence whispered into the ear of ESPN.com by a trusted source:
During Anthony's reception, when the microphone was handed to LeBron James, there was a cacophony of hisses, whistles, mutterings and even a few boos before James was able to get any words out of his mouth.
No, James is certainly not feeling the love in New York, and you can click here and read the headline to see further evidence.
The Knicks, meanwhile, moved on by holding the aforementioned news conference on the New York Liberty's practice court, bringing in their four new players but holding back a fifth, 7-foot-1 Russian center Timofey Mozgov, because his new contract and his buyout from his former team, Khimki Moscow, has not yet been completed.
Walsh said the Knicks still have $2-3 million in available salary cap space, a number that will grow into max room by next summer when the contracts of Eddy Curry ($11.3 million) and Azubuike ($3.3 million) come off the cap.
We won't know whether next July will be known as the Summer of Carmelo until we learn whether Anthony accepts a contract extension from the Denver Nuggets, but that didn't stop Walsh from trying to make a pre-emptive strike against the reporters who surmised two years ago that he would spend the 2008-09 and '09-10 season clearing cap space to make a run at James (which is exactly, despite his repeated protestations, what Walsh did).
To read more of what Walsh said, you'll have to click here, as I have temporarily taken my talents to the Knicks blog on the ESPNNewYork site.